In short: open jamescollado.com/projects/metro/ to run the simulation.
Can a large base of general purpose browser-enabled distributed devices do useful work?
As a little weekend project I set out to build a task-specific distributed simulation to find the best path in one of the largest metro networks in the world.
The simulation performs virtual journeys in the metro network, trying to optimize a number of parameters, travel time and stations hops among them.
The engine has some intelligence built into it. It will avoid backtracking or visiting stations/routes twice if possible.
You can help with the simulation by simply opening the following link and leaving it running in your browser: